Up for a fight or doing a runner, for a lizard it could be in their genes

Hot off the press: our new paper just out in Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology reports on a link between relatedness in Eastern Water Dragons and their anti-predator behaviour–whether or not they decide to fight or flee from a predator. We  found that larger hatchling lizards were more likely to flee while smaller ones were . . . → Read More: Up for a fight or doing a runner, for a lizard it could be in their genes

Freek Vonk visits the Lizard Lab

Freek Vonk is a Dutch scientist and nature documentary presenter. He and his crew have just wrapped season 1 of “Freek in Australia”. Part of this series consisted of a day at our lab filming cane toads and discussing our work on cognition followed by a trip to our water dragon site at Lane . . . → Read More: Freek Vonk visits the Lizard Lab

Water dragon babies!

Yes everyone, it’s what we’ve all been waiting for- the water dragon babies are hatching!! YAY!  The first baby hatched on 03/01/11, here are some photos of his super-cute emergence:

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Jonathan Losos catches a water dragon, just.

Recently, the Lizard Lab had the pleasure of a visit from Jonathan Losos (Harvard University). Ofcourse, this meant a trip to the water dragon site for some dragon wrangling. Here are a few photos of the action.

Jonathan doesn't normally noose Anoles with a 5 m pole..

The dragon lady takes control..

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The water dragon project gets a series of high profile visitors!

Prior to the ISBE conference in Perth, the Lizard Lab was visited by Mike Cant (University of Exeter), Marlene Zuk (UC Riverside) and John Alcock (Arizona State University). All visited the water dragon site (at different times) and tried their hands at catching water dragons. Here are some photos (some of the poorer ones . . . → Read More: The water dragon project gets a series of high profile visitors!